So a few days in Cornwall at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. There is a fab campsite next door that is part of the estate which is only a short drive from superb beaches. At this time of year they are empty and Fred just adores chasing seagulls.
We used the trip to pay a visit to Kernow Transporters & Premium Camper in St Just. From Heligan to St Just is a long way on a wet day and it is surprising how long Cornwall is. A bit of a drive about and we had a walk at the Minack Theatre.
The lost Gardens themselves are a spectacular tropical garden with a rain forest in a valley. The kitchen gardens (almost a farm) have been beautiful restored and able to grow all manner throughout the year. The farm shop on site is a great place to shop for the BBQ.
Watching Fred’s first year growing up and developing was a largely joyful experience. He is a handsome dog with great intelligence and character. He is also a wilful little soul and can be too clever for his own good.
We left Busfest in Malvern after lunch to get to the C&CC site at Kendal in time for dinner. We managed that but not before we met with a closed M6 at Preston and couple of hours detour. The site was easy to find between the M6 and Windermere. We spent a couple of days walking and touring around the lakes.
Our biggest frustration with the Lake District was how much it costs to park. Sometimes it might be justifiable if you were to spend all morning or even day in one place but when you only want to stop for a coffee or a quick look see it is a rip off.
From Kendal we headed to Edinburgh a nice drive through the borders. We had booked a very expensive pitch for a few nights at the Caravan Club site at Siverknowes by the Firth of Forth in Edinburgh. The site is conveniently located for busses into town and our case visiting relatives and has great walking space alongside the river.
It seems like Falkirk is a place where interesting things happen such as the Falkirk Wheel lift that we have visited before. It raises and lowers the canal boats. This timewe were keen to go and see the Kelpies at Helix Park in Falkirk. These are 2 huge steel horses head sculptures beside the Forth & Clyde canal just along from the Wheel. Sadly the weather was as they say locally “get driech” so we may just have to go back again.
Heading south from Edinburgh we had a great drive along the A1 taking in the views of the Firth of Forth, St Albs, Lindisfarne and Banburgh and eventually arriving at the C&CC site at Scarborough. From here we walked all the way into Scarborough which I can assure you has little going for it. And we had a very wet drive to Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby. Whitby has much more going for it and of course Fish and Chips to die for.
A final stop on the way home at a C&CC Certified Site in Derbyshire. A great little spot that we had all to ourselves and Fred had a huge field to run in and he never saw the deer.
This was a good test of the van and all that came with it. We covered about 1200 miles in 2 weeks and were very comfortable with whatever the weather threw at us.
This was our second visit to Busfest and equally as good as the first. It didn’t matter to us that the traders were the same as last year and even some of the bands were the same. Indeed we really like the Ska band that plays the Sheep Shed nearest our T4 Forum pitch. With Fred in tow we couldn’t spend so much time amongst the crowds and we had to leave him in the van for a while when we went for a walk around in the evening. Steve who we drove top with and who pitched up next to us had to come and find us because Fred was setting the alarm off.
A lot of folk rated this event so we had to give it a try. It was nice enough but we were pitched a long way from the centre. And the entertainment and trade stand were limited. On a value for money comparison it came no where near Busfest.
Although we haven’t been for a few years this was our 21st trip to “La Sarthe”. In the past we have camped both at the circuit and with organised groups a way from the circuit. Our last few trips were spent sleeping in the car. The previous couple of trips were from our house in Brittany so an easy Saturday morning drive and home in time to BBQ on Sunday.
This time we were on the circuit near the Porsche Curves for 5 days. We bought a generator to take with us as few would be off grid for the whole time. Our push bikes went with us and came in very handy to get from the camp site to the village and the heart of the circuit.
For the first time we caught the tram into the city for lunch and to see the divers parade to the streets. Unfortunately it was wet and cold and not much fun.
This is Freddy. He is a working Cocker Spaniel and was born in February. His parents are both working dogs. He has come to live with us – this could be life changing.